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Ancient First Nations stories preserve history of a rise in sea level

We can be almost certain that the First Nations people did occupy the coast “where the Great Barrier Reef now stands” during the last ice age for it would have comprised broad floodplains and undulating hills with a range of subsistence possibilities, bordered in most parts by steep cliffs ... then the story might date from as much as 13,000 years ago. A more conservative interpretation, based on a sea level just 30 metres lower than today, would place the age of this story at around 10,000 years ago. [node:read-more:link]

First Nation wins commercial fishing rights

The 10-year legal fight over fish and shellfish fisheries wound its way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

After a challenge by the Canadian and British Colombian government the appeals court upheld the ruling, saying the Nuu-chah-nulth had long-standing trade networks, and that trading in fisheries resources was part of the culture around the time of first contact.

First Nations and Peoples of Australia can now use this case as a legal precedent. [node:read-more:link]

ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) = Indigenous Land Under Attack

In a media release, Michael Anderson, spokesperson for the Sovereign Union said Native Title lawyers and anthropologists are deceiving claimants of their true Native Title rights and interests.

The NSW Native Title Corporation Representative body (NTSCorp), the majority of Native Title lawyers and anthropologists fail to inform the various Native Title applicants and claimants that their Law and custom incorporates, and is inclusive of, all flora and fauna that lives in, and belongs to, their territories.

Goomeroi People call for a mining freeze on sacred lands

One of the largest black states in the country calls for a freeze on all mining and development on their ancestral lands.

More that 400 Native Title claimants met in Tamworth to discuss Goomeroi business on the weekend.

Representatives said that they are looking at options to stop ministerial decisions which approve mining in the region.

Don't sign your sovereign rights away with ILUAs

Michael Anderson, spokeperson for Sovereign Union warns Aboriginal and Torres Strait people against signing Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA), saying they cede their sovereignty for a few crumbs if they do.

"In Australia we have reached a very important time in our history. We must come together as distinct sovereign nations to jointly locate a national perspective on our sovereign rights," he writes. [node:read-more:link]

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